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obama leaders to take action on crisis. karin caifa reports from washington, where members of congress have also left town. >> good afternoon, everybody. >>reporter: after speaking with party leaders friday afternoon, president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some end- of-year tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >>reporter: the remarks came after house speaker john boehner failed to muster enough of his party's support to bring his "plan b" to the floor. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. >> we had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having raised taxes. >>reporter: the two sides each left the capitol for the christmas holidays, blaming the other for inaction. democrats
obama praised him. >> over these many years he earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. she not going a need a lot of on the job training. he earned the respect and trust of colleagues. democrats and republicans. >> john kerry is a five term senator and the chair of the senate foreign relations committee and a war veteran. secretary of state hillary clinton could not attend the ceremony. she is recovering from the flu and a concussion from a fall. >>> the christmas holiday began on capitol hill without an agreement reached on how to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama called on party leaders to take action before he left for his holiday vacation in hawaii. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: after speaking with leaders friday afternoon president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some tax hikes and spending cuts. >> i have asked leaders to work towards a package that presents a tax hike, protects unemployment insurance, and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: remarks came af
to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama called on party leaders to take action before he left for his holiday vacation in hawaii. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: after speaking with leaders friday afternoon president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some tax hikes and spending cuts. >> i have asked leaders to work towards a package that presents a tax hike, protects unemployment insurance, and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: remarks came after speaker of the house john boehner failed to bring plan b to the floor. it would have raised taxes on those americans making more than $1 million a year. >> we had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as raising taxes. >> reporter: the two sides left blaming each other for inaction. democrats said the failure in the house pointed for a need for more compromise by the gop. >> republicans got the message loud and clear. >> reporter: he said the next move needs to come from the president. >> he is the only one who can do it. th
in all of this who comes out with a much stronger hand in addition to president obama is leader nancy pelosi because clearly, anything and this has been true for most of john boehner's tenure. anything that will get past is going to require some democratic votes and that strengthens democrats' hands and some of those republicans coming who may think that compromise is a dirty word. it may be easier to keep them on the side lines and still get some things done. >> some say what a contrasted leadership and you look at leader pelosi and she was tiebl get her caucus and not one to potentially jump lines and the difficulty speaker boehner has had so far. here's part of speaker boehner's statement that was made after that vote did not happen. he said the house did not take up the tax measure because it did not have sufficient support for the members to pass and now it is up for the president to work with senator reid to avert the fiscal cliff. he later said he wasn't giving up work on this, but is he really saying i'm throwing up my hands here and it is up to the democrats to work with this
that all was clear in the elementary school. after a meeting today with >> party leaders. president obama called on congress to solution. to avoid some end- of- the year tax hikes. due to the fiscal cliff. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >> pam: this comes after house speaker john boehner failed to gain enough of his party's support. to his "plan b". his proposal would have raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to trigger after january first. as the fiscal cliff countdown continues. house and senate members have already recessed for the holidays. >> president obama will nominate senator john kerry as the next secretary of state. he made the announcement at the white house today. current secretary of state hillary clinton is stepping down in janu
a meeting today with leaders of both political parties. president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution. to avoid the fiscal cliff. that is the end- of- the year trigger on tax hikes. and spending cuts. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >>pam: house speaker john boehner failed to gain enough of his party's support for his "plan b". that proposal would have raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to kick in after january first. as the fiscal cliff countdown continues. house and senate members and president obama. have all recessed for the christmas holiday. >> the ninth circut court of appeals today blocked a california law which bans the controversial therapy. that aims to turn gay minors. straight. the three judge panel issued
not support it president obama says he just told speaker boehner and senate majority leader harry reid exactly what to do, and he says they can get it done. before automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kick in on new year's day. ed henry live at the white house. ed? so what's the president's new plan? >> well, harris, the president said he came into the briefing room and said maybe is he a hopeless optimist but is he a new slim down three point plan that he says can pass in 10 days. basically extend tax cuts for 98% of americans. he said both parties agree with that extend unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. those are expiring about a week after christmas. that's a big problem. and then he says come back and do spending cuts and deficit reduction in the new year. he is telling lawmakers take a few days off. relax over the holidays and maybe we'll all come together. take a listen. >> sing some christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones. and then i would ask every member of congress while they are back home to think about that think about the obligations we have to the people w
is the only one who can do it. >> president obama met with speaker boehner and senate majority leader harry reid today, but still there is no deal. the president took to the podium late this afternoon to explain the next step. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> you know, president obama today could have come out, and he could have just punched boehner right in the nose. he could have come out and kicked the guy today when he was politically down. but the president came out today with a demeanor of, hey, let's do a deal. it was a rough night at the office, but let's not give up on this. president obama has gone back to the basics. the days of the grand bargain he knows are over. but the president wants an extension on tax cuts for income below $250,000, as well as extended unemployment benefits. what's
obama talking to the senate. he's talking to the senate democratic leader, harry reed, talking to move forward with some sort of smaller package to avert those tax hikes that are set to kick in. and obviously there's going to need to be some buy-in from the senate minority leader, republican mitch mcconnell. so that's where things stand. and president obama is actually hopeful that something could still be pulled off. listen. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist. but i actually still think we can get it done. >> reporter: now, of course, if the senate were to pass something and reconvene on december 27th, don, it would also then need to pass the house. but the expectation is that whatever would be worked out in the senate, if it is, would pass the house hopefully not just with republican support, but it would need democratic support, as well. and just to be clear, the thing that president obama and speaker boehner were working towards was a much bigger package,
by house minority leader's nancy pelosi i. then president obama friday afternoon from the white house. issue is not whether health care will be stigmatized or condemned. we know the answer to that. the issue is how many different times can the government to punish him as a result of that moral condemnation. the answer in the double jeopardy clause is one. >> starting monday and a threat christmas week, c-span.org radio is featuring supreme court arguments by current justices before they were on the bench. you can listen to c-span.org radio in the washington baltimore area at 90.1 fm. or online at c-span.org. >> if you worked for him, you would get a material, sometimes generous, sometimes over barry -- overbearing, almost cruel boss. he did not know how to apologize. men of his age and class, they are not going to apologize to their secretaries or typist. he had a way of turning the tables in his version of an apology, which would be to say, i am actually a very kind man, and you are doing a good job today, but the issue was never settled. he always had to get the last word in. one ni
to hawaii, president obama said he met individually with leaders of the house and senate, asking them to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans. >> this is something within our capacity to solve. it doesn't take that much work. we just have to do the right thing. so call me a hopeless optimist, but i still think we can get it done. >> earlier in the day, speaker boehner held a news conference. a vote on his so-called plan "b" was scrapped thursday night when it became clear it did not have enough support among house republicans to secure passage. >> a situation where because of the political divide in the country, because of the divide here in washington, trying to bridge these differences has been difficult. if it were easy, i'll guarantee you this would have been done decades before. >> joining me now, congressional reporter for "the washington post," ed o'keefe. good to see you. >> good to see you too. any kind of realistic timetable that this will be done before january 1st? >> what the president is most concerned about now, making sure unemployme
, d.c. for the holiday. before he left for hawaii president obama issued a stern request to congressional leaders to approve legislation before the end of the year. >> once this legislation has agreed to i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. i will immediately sign that legislation into law before january 1st of next year. >> the president was referring to legislation that would prevent a middle class tax hike and would protect unemployment insurance. he spoke after talking by phone with house speaker john boehner and meeting with senate majority leader. >>> the dow industrials dropped 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29. we also saw a number of conflicting economic reports that experts say suggests the economy is not sure where it's going top our consumer editor tom vacar is in san francisco's financial district with some explanations. >> reporter: there are two winds. those that are blowing and the much more important economic cross winds. for the overall economy most critical shopping days are ahead of us. >> i'm very c
. at the beginning of 2012, president obama and the military and civilian leaders of the department came together to publicly release a new defense strategy. it was designed to help the military affectively navigate this turning point and prepare for the future. under that strategy, our goal was to reshape the force of the 21st century. to try to meet the new security challenges that we are confronted in this world and try to help the country at the same time reduce the deficits which are confronting. we were handed a number and the budget control act to reduce the defense budget by $487 billion over the next decade. based on my own budget experience at the time, i knew that the approach should be not to simply cut across the board and hollow out of the force. but try to develop a strategy, what is it what the defense department to be not just now but going into the future as well. that is the purpose why we developed the strategy. today i want to describe the strategic environment shaping our future. the progress we have made toward implementing the strategy and the risks we face as they work ev
left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to vaue within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiatns with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsin
a letter to congressional leaders yesterday about this very issue. and they actually praise obama care for expanding mental health for making sure that more people have access to mental health. so they endorse the law in 2009 along with the american medical association. so what doctors are saying is let's not stigmatize mental health. and in terms of the incentive and doctors have an incentive to provide health care, obama care bumps up the reimbursement of psychiatric care by 5%. and so another reason why doctors are saying let's bring more people into the system to make sure that people who need care have it. >> neither of those situations represents most doctors. >> the american psychiatric association -- >> secondly, this law puts all nine of the -- all ten of the killers from the last nine shootings would have been put into medicaid under this program which is the lowest -- just a moment, don't interrupt me. the lowest grade -- >> virginia tech situation -- >> the lowest grade -- >> i look at the murders too. you're just wrong. >> hang on, igor. >> the statistics show that a surge
, but before he left, president obama urged republicans and democrats alike to get it done. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> congress is also in recess until after christmas. in his weekly address, house speaker john boehner accused the president and senate democrats of failing to offer a responsible solution. boehner's own proposal had to be pulled this week after he failed to get enough support from fellow republicans. >>> and the national rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unveiled that plan. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says the u.s. should put armed guards in all schools. the comments came one week after 20 children and seven adults excludeing the gunman were killed in one of
. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployed american for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. once this legislation's agreed to, i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. >> jared bernstein, is this actually a setback for the president insofar as the embarrassed speaker was someone at least with whom he was dealing and now the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i don't think so. i do think in a way it's a setback for the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. and, of course, that's horfully off track now when john bo
president and foreign leaders respect him and the most important element, richard is his relationship with the president. it's a strong one. he's carried out a lot of missions for president obama and iraq and afghanistan, so i think it's an exceptional appointment and he'll sail through. he is an exceptional appointment. i think another asset that he has is the major challenges he's going to face. he has experience in them, stopping iran from getting a nuclear weapon. restarting the middle east peace negotiations and dealing with a hostile north korea. finding ways to deal with the arab spring, the explosions there. he is so qualified in so many areas to deal with those crises. >> governor, you brought the issue of benghazi, with that still as an overhang right now waiting for secretary clinton to speak to lawmakers on the hill with secretary of state kerry, will that then be mitigated? richard, it's going to help and first of all, i think the benghazi report was a solid one. it was a huge tragedy losing four of the individuals including the ambassador, but if you look at that report,
, msnbc political analyst and msnbc contributor jared bernstein. jentle men, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to senate majority leader harry reed. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reed. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> jared, is this actually a setback for the president in so far as the embarrassed speaker with someone at least with whom he was dealing? and now, the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i do think it's a setback from the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible, plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. of course, that's horribly off track now when john boehner decided to go to plan b. i think the president's lever raj, if anything, is enhanced by this. the problem is that i don't know why re
leaders friday afternoon, president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some end-of-year tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: remarks came after house speaker john boehner failed to muster enough of his party support to bring his plan b to the floor. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than $1 million a year. >> we had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having raised taxes. >> reporter: the two sides each left the capitol for the christmas holidays blaming each other for inaction. democrats said thursday's failure in the house pointed to a need for more compromise by the gop. >> house republicans have gotten the message loud and clear. a comprehensive solution to the looming fiscal clif
, but so far, the politicians seem no closer to averting the plunge. president obama is pressing for action. he had this to say just a few minutes ago. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reid. i have asked the leaders of congress to prevent tax hikes on middle-class americans, protect unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lay the groundwork for further work. that is an achievable goal. that can get down in 10 days. >> president obama there on the upcoming fiscal cliff. joining me now to discuss the standoff is the bbc's ben wright. thank you very much. was there anything in the president's speech that would give us any cause for optimism that is the cliff can beat averted? >> i thought his tone was interesting. he was optimistic an exasperated at the same time. he reminded people in congress they only have 10 days left to find a deal before there's this huge hike in taxes and cuts in spending. he said a deal of some sort is an achievable goal. he reminded people in congress that nobody can get 100% of what they want. democrats are trying to protect
goodrich. leaders on both sides are being criticized for dysfunction. president obama for being uninvolved and detached in the negotiations and speaker boehner for losing control of his own party. is that a recipe for failure? >> no one can question right now that people aren't doing anything. the president has left, he is hawaii. the house is out of session. the senate is adjourned. they are going to coming back on the 27th. that gives them five days. they have been talking about this fiscal cliff for months. last five days and they have to involves more than a trillion dollars and billions of dollars in tax hikes. how can they get it done? they won't. president on friday gave the all clear for members not to do a big package. he said, look, let's do a stopgap. in other words, let's stop everyone from having their taxes go up and do something smaller so on january 1st it's not just this big looming.... >> does that mean the president could offer extend the tax rates for six months and begin negotiating all over again beginning in january, obviously that would be the usual procrastination
each on fiscal cliff negotiations, which are stalled, as washington shut down for a holiday. mr. obama expects to return to work right after christmas. before heading to hawaii. he warned it's time for party leaders to take action. karen caifa reports from washington, where members of congress have also left town. >> the next few days i have asked leaders of congress to help work out a package. this will protect unemployment for millions of americans. >> remarks came after john boehner failed to muster up -- >> we had a number of our members who just did not want to be perceived as raising taxes. >> the two sides both left for christmas holiday and they blamed each other for not acting. they stated that more action is needed from the gop. >> we will need to have a bipartisan solution. >> the next move will need to call from the present. >> he is the only one who could door. this is not john boehners problem to solve. >> in washington, i am karen caifa. >> and now to connecticut were new details are emerging about sandy hooke elementary school gunmen adam lanza. for those who know him s
information yet. just days after a long-range rocket launcheded. the north korea leader is calling for more powerful rockets . this is the first time he's explicitly called for the advancement for the country's rocket program. president obama and his family are spending holidays in honolulu. the first family touched down in hawaii and will be staying in their vacation home . no public events are schedule would and an iowa couple who won a 202 million jackpot last december is donating three million to the son's high school for a new football stadium. there is a catch. no, they don't at any point named after them. they want the visitor's locker room painted pink. it all started as a joke. >> that is odd. but if they are giving out the money they can do what theyment. thank you for much. >> head of the n thereto ra said the way to keep schools safe is put more guns out there. increased and armed in school is sparking controversy. rick joined with more on reaction. >> after a week of silence. the national rifle association held a press conference and sparked more debate. nra has four million me
at top stories this hour, president obama says he's optimistic a deal can be reached on the scaled-down bill on the so-called fiscal cliff. the president and lawmakers left washington for the holidays but leaders from both sides plan to return after christmas to try to hammer out a deal that avoids tax hikes for millions of americans. a former u.s. marine is out of a mexican prison today. john hammer spent more than four months locked up, sometimes chained to a bed on questionable gun charges. hammer was on his way to costa rica to go surfing when he was arrested back in august. mexican authorities say the antique gun in his vehicle sly vooi lated their gun laws. he was freed after u.s. officials intervened. >>> a bombing in syria killed five people today. the car bomb exploded in damascus. a neighborhood there this time. no one has claimed responsibility. the syrian state tv is calling the bombing a terrorist explosion. >>> and here's what's trending right now on the web. facebook has a new app that expands the poke. it allows you to send a short message, snap picture or even a te
. that announcement came after he met with congressional leader. lawmakers will only have a few days to make aeal after they return from christmas break. president obama also announcing john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. president obama credited him with playing a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years and called on the senate to swiftly confirm his nomination. >>> we are waiting for word on the status of this man, the u.s. veteran jailed in mexico on weapons charges after declaring an antique shotgun at the border. his name is john hammer and his family said mexico's ambassador to the u.s. told him he will be released today. anderson, back to you. >> well, that's certainly good news. we talked to his family last week. they were hugely concerned so we'll be following that closely. susan, thanks. there are obviously going to be more funerals in newtown this weekend. another funeral just tomorrow as monsignor weiss is going to be officiating at. many difficult days ahead, but the families who lost loved ones are not alone. so many people arou
's being doing foreign policy from the senate for almost three decades. he's a person well-known to leaders around the world. the second thing that people don't know as much about is that he served as an emissary for president obama in some very delicate situations. the president sent him to afghanistan to try to make a better relationship with president karzai there. kerry is widely believed to have been a success in that. he was sent to pakistan for similar mission to deal with president zardari. it's less well-known that he conveyed a message, written message to hamas to try to see what might be there. >> brown: these were all quiet, secret back channel type things. >> these were back channel efforts. the point that i would make is that kerry to the only has experience doing this, but he believes i think correctly, that this is a time in which quiet diplomacy, back channel communication, out of the headlines is going to be essential in dealing with the big diplomatic challenges. >> brown: james mann w what would you add to that and you can bring in any weaknesses you might find in senato
partners with a common enemy in terrorism and extremism. >> but kerry's not totally in sync with obama. he has supported limited military intervention in syria, something the president has resisted. over his 30-year career, kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders. >> there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> perhaps kerry's biggest challenge to date is not his confirmation hearings on capitol hill, but rather following in hillary clinton's footsteps who has become one of the most popular officials in the obama cabinet both here and abroad. kate bolduan, cnn, washington. >>> 2012 was a wild year in sports from the giants winning the super bowl to the giants winning the world series. what was the top sports story of the year? we'll show you our top ten. at r. while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your b
with congressional leader. lawmakers will only have a few days to make a deal after they return from christmas break. president obama also announcing john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. senator kerry currently chairs the foreign relations committee. president obama credited him with playing a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years and called on the senate to swiftly confirm his nomination. the u.s. marine veteran jailed in mexico on weapons charges is back in the u.s. tonight. his release comes from his mother. he was arrested four months ago after declaring an antique shotgun at the border. mexican authorities said the weapon did not comply with their gun laws. anderson. >> there are obviously going to be more funerals in newtown this weekend. another funeral just tomorrow as monsignor weiss is going to be officiating at. many difficult days ahead, but the families who lost loved ones are not alone. so many are promising to remember the sandy hook victims. we'll be right back. [ bells tolling ] >>> church bells on what was a raw and rainy dece
will go up automatically on january 1. >> before leaving d.c. for hawaii, president obama said he met individually with the leaders of the house and senate. asking them to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on the middle class. >> this is something within our capacity to solve. it doesn't take that much work. just have to do the right thing. call me a hopeless optimist. but i actually still think we can get it done. >> new today, house speaker john boehner delivering the weekly republican address. >> the american people re-elected president obama on election day. they also re-elected a republican majority in the house. in doing so, they gave us all a mandate. it was not a mandate to raise taxes on families and small businesses. it was mandate for us to work together to begin solving a massive debt that threatens our country's future. >> joining me now is political columnist for "the washington post" dana mill bank and reid wilson. dana, i will begin with you. are there any plausible scenarios where they get everything done by january 1? >> this is the season of miracles.
benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an aachievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs at a time when far too many of our citizens are struggling to find them. >> reporter: but so now, miguel, the plan is to just deal with the tax hikes, stop them from kicking in. that's what president obama wants to do, and we're not going to be seeing any sort of big agreement that would also include long-term deficit reduction dealing with entitlement reform and spending cuts. what republicans wanted to see. so that's something that may be dealt wi
the fiscal cliff and no deal in site. tonight president obama urged congress to broker a scaled down deal. >> i just speak to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days a asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> yesterday the house speaker john boehner failed to garner enough support from his own party to even hold a vote on his plan to raise taxes for those with an income over $1 million. >> while we may have not been able to get the votes last night, to avert 99.81% of the tax increases, i don't think they weren't taking that out on me. they were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes. >> "outfront" tonight, chief white house correspondent jessica yellin and dana bash. ladies, nice to see both of you. jessica, we'll start with you. the president's message was short a
, there is no substitute for him talking with john boehner and it will get a deal done, it will be obama and boehner. there is nobody -- the talk about somehow or another, boehner's speakership being in jeopardy, that is nonsense, no one is coming behind him and senator mcconnell, the republican leader of the senate is up for re-election and as we saw in the senate race in kentucky a few years ago, he may have to worry about a challenge from the right if he supports a tax increase. i think president obama is doing the only sane thing he can, which is reach out to the speaker and he controls the house and, that is -- and the good news for the president is the public seems by all the polls, by the fact the election came out the way it did, to be in his corner, not the speaker's. >> rick: the president -- you want to weigh in on that? >> i just -- >> rick: americans are in favor of raising taxes on the wealthiest americans and, the president did win, november 6th. >> we have seen polls that say that, they approve tax reform and want to see real entitlement reform and want to get spending under control.
made those statements to the top american leaders that have gone, all the way from vice president biden, and xi jinping met with president obama in february of last year. they expressed great confidence in united states. they're always asking about how the recovery is going. they believe that we will get our fiscal house in order. they know how dependent they are, and that is why they want a strong -- >> to the understand the internal struggle between the president and congress? >> i think they're starting to understand that more and more. the ambassadors to have our government officials about studied. united states -- they have are government officials who have studied in the united states. the congress does not necessarily speak for the president. >> he said something quite interesting. he said he could not understand why the u.s. government should have three branches, in effect three governments within a government because it was difficult to get stuff done. [laughter] he was right. that is for sure. [laughter] "the new york times" called the new leaders of china and meritocracy of m
the life and public service of senator daniel inouye ♪ >> political leaders gathered to remember the long-time senator from hawaii inouye was honored for his military service for world war ii and for his integrity in office. president obama says it was he who inspired him to run for office. >> the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation. i think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life. >> danny's power and influence ultimately lay in his character. >> inouye died this week at the age of 88 due to respiratory problems. services are also planned for hawaii that the president will attend. member of armed forces given grinch service by the popular wheel of fortune watch this. >> i would like to solve, seven swans aswim swimin'. >> you know what happened there. >> no i thought she said that. >> easy to do did it in the vernacular and left off the g in seven swans aswimin'. >> that is awful. contestant renee told she incorrectly guessed the puzzle seven swans aswimin'. >> i could hear the g. next emphasized the g swimming she was award the prize puzzle. like a gadd sport
invoked the god of many religions. leaders of the protestant, catholic, jewish, muslim and baha'i faiths offered prayers for the victims. there was no ignoring god right there on stage with president obama as he spoke at the vigil, delivering a speech that at times felt more like a sermon. >> for we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from god. an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands. let the little children come to me, jesus said, and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. may god bless and keep those we've lost in his heavenly place. >> it's not the first benediction from the president in the wake of a mass shooting. only this time, the profound sadness of the day happened at a time of year usually marked by happiness and celebration. the immeasurable loss in newtown was compounded by the image of gifts already bought, wrapped and tagged with the names of children who won't be there to open them on christmas morning. yet even as it seems that we're seeing god everywhere after what unfolded on friday at sandy hook
said obama mentioned he was to meet the communist party's new leader. italian prime minister mario monti has handed in his resignation. he promises to step down once the lawmakers pass the budget. they expect to meet with party leaders this weekend and dissolve the lower house and expect an election late february. monti led efforts to deal with italy's debt crisis. he appointed a cabinet of experts, not politicians. he pushed for structural reforms for over a year. he says the government has been hard to run since it lost support from the vice party led by prime minister berlusconi. he is expected to outline his ideas at a news conference this weekend. >>> the head of nato says syrian president bashir assad is acting like a desperate regime. he is condemning the syrian military for continuing with opposition forces. he said it justifies nato's mission to overcome turkey. it is a country which borders syria. >> the facts that such missiles are used in syria emphasizes the need for effective defense and protection of our ally, turkey. >> the united states, germany and the necessity n
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